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A Pet-Friendly Festival Checklist

A Pet-Friendly Festival Checklist

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India. But, Diwali can be a difficult time for your pet. The firecrackers can trigger a change in your pet’s behavior. You may see him become increasingly fearful and anxious. As a pet parent, you have to be cautious of how you take care of him during this time.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while celebrating Diwali with your pet this year.

1. Keep firecrackers to a minimum

The hearing ability of a dog is seven times greater than that of a human. The noise and lights of firecrackers can easily scare your pet. While storing firecrackers, remember to keep them away from your pet. His curiosity might lead him to licking or chewing them.

2. Provide care and comfort

Your furry friend might require some extra attention from you during the festive season. Remember to keep him relaxed and calm during this time. Don’t leave him alone during the festivities. Sitting with him will help ease his anxiety.

3. Create a safe space

To reduce exposure to external noise, accommodate your pet in a space that is familiar to him. Shutting the doors and windows of the room also helps in limiting the noise that may reach him. Distract him from external noise by playing with him or by introducing a pleasing sound like music.

4. Stick to a routine

Diwali can be a very busy time, but that should not interfere with your pet’s daily routine. Remember to give him his meals on time. A change in meal or walk timings can also lead to a change in your pet’s behavior. Also, ensure that he is well fed and hydrated throughout the day.

Festivals should be a happy time for everyone, including your pet. Taking simple and effective measures can greatly reduce the stress your pet may experience during the festival. A decrease in fear and anxiety will contribute to his overall happiness and wellness during Diwali and other such festivals!